Hi all, I am considering a revamp of my tank and possibly adding live plants. I have never had live plants...so I am wondering if anyone has any good advise of what would be best in my situation.
First of all....I recently had a very serious fungus infection that killed quite a bit of my fish...but now that problem is finally corrected. I did a bad bad thing tho...once all was taken care of, I did a major water and gravel cleaning of the tank. My ammonia spiked! But I know this is because of the dramatic change...like I said bad me! Anyway, I do have a neon in a hospital tank due to this (hopefully will be ok), but everyone else seems fine and the ammonia is back down and should be back to zero within the next day. I was told live plants can help with controlling ammonia and also add O2 for the fish (and other benefits for them too). My fear...I never want to deal with a fungus outbreak like this again...could live plants cause a more likely situation for fungus?
Anyway...like I said, I never had live plants. Anyone got any good suggestions for my situation/tank? Would there be anything I would need to do differently than I currently do to sustain plants? (Info of my tank below). Any advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks all!
20 gallon Whisper filter with bioammonia filter
long airation stone
Quality norms: Temp: 75-78 F, pH 7.7, nitrite/nitrate 0.00ppm (except during recent spike, lighting: long top tank halogen..timer set for equal day/night cycle, Food: premium flakes every other day, freeze dried bloodworms once a week. Water changes: 10% w/gravel vacuum and rinse filter (not scrub out) once a week. Small amount of aquar. salt added for health..only at every third water change.
Tank has been well cycled for almost 1 year. Lots of plastic plants and hiding rocks. Substrate is decor gravel.
3 Mickey platys (one is a baby)
2 Cherry Barbs
3 neon tetras (one is currently in hosp tank..used to have 6, but 3 perished during illness time)
6 Guppies (various ages)
1 small unknown orange fish..possibly a platy?